Tag : Care Staff

NHS staff paid over £800k to park at Lincolnshire hospitals

New figures, branded a “scandal” by unions, revealed how NHS staff in Lincolnshire paid over £800,000 last year for hospital parking. United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) made £845,703 from charges and penalty fees by NHS staff using parking across its sites. That was in addition to the £1.785 million made from visitor and patient parking across Lincolnshire. Across all of the NHS Trusts in England, nearly £70 million was made from staff parking charges alone. In total, NHS trusts collected £226 million from parking for the financial year 2017 to 2018, which is far higher than the 2016 to 2017 number when they collected £174 million. ULHT insist that no profit is made from parking fees.

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000

SCOTTISH nursing and midwifery students got a boost as Nicola Sturgeon announced their bursary will rise to £10,000. Currently, they receive £6,578 from the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) but the First Minister has launched a three-stage increase. This will be the first rise in the non-repayable financial support since 2009 and is to help with accommodation and living costs during their studies. This year, students with care experience will see their bursary jump to £8,100 – an increase that will apply to non-care experienced next year. In 2020, the NMSB for all nursing and midwifery students will rise to £10,000.

New care home and housing in Nottingham village approved

Rayner Davies Architects have received outline planning permission for 12 new houses and a 64-bed residential care home on the site of the Eden Lodge Care Home in Bestwood Village Nottingham. The proposals were unanimously approved by Gedling Planning Committee. The proposals show the demolition of the existing care home to allow for the construction of three and four-bedroom houses and a new state of the art care facility which will include a cinema, hairdresser and café.

New Shrewsbury care home told twice to improve

A Shrewsbury care home has been told to improve twice since it opened two years ago. Montgomery House welcomed the first residents to its £8 million pound development at the end of 2016. But since then inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have found the home, which is managed by Coverage Care Services Limited, needs to improve in all areas. The home caters for older people and younger adults who may have dementia, learning disabilities or mental health needs. Inspectors reported that the 90-bed home was not always safe and there were not sufficient staff to meet people’s needs. But the owners of the home said that it is making progress while recognising that further work is needed. David Coull, chief executive of Coverage Care, said: “We invest heavily in its facilities and in staff training in order to provide the best possible friendly, caring environment as a not-for-profit organisation. We work hard to follow best care sector practice in all areas. We are pleased that this inspection has recognised the progress that has been made and we share the view that further progress is still needed. We do feel some of the issues arising from this report are subject to wider factors which have perhaps not been appreciated during the inspection.”

Surprise for 12-year-old carer when his Chelsea FC heroes turned up to give him an award

A young carer from Camberley got the surprise of his life when a bunch of his Chelsea FC heroes turned up to give him a richly deserved award. Star defender and Brazilian international David Luiz presented Edward Pearce, who is just 12, a Life After Stroke Carers Award carer’s award on behalf of the Stroke Association. Edward was nominated for the gong by his dad Andy, who suffered a severe stroke in 2013. Young Edward made the brave decision to become his primary carer and cooks, cleans and completes the housework before attending school. “It was a privilege for me to present the award to such an inspirational young man, said Luiz. As footballers we get to spread a lot of happiness, but these people are the real heroes. Edward is an amazing person and to hear his dad speak about the help he provides was very touching. He is a very deserving winner of a special award.”

Woman Of The Year Award: Birmingham Care Worker Shortlisted

A Birmingham care manager, who is the driving force behind a unique and vibrant care scheme for elderly people, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. Valerie Paragon, the service manager at Mary Street Extra Care Service, has been shortlisted for the Woman of the Year accolade at the 2018 Women in Housing Awards, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding women working in the housing sector. Paragon said: “When I heard about the nomination and the shortlisting for this award, I was absolutely speechless and anyone who knows me will tell you that is a first. Precisely what it is that I have done to warrant this nomination is beyond me, but I am very proud to have been put forward, nonetheless.” In her role, Paragon leads and inspires Mary Street’s dedicated team of staff to deliver a heartfelt service to those in their care, helping to provide a varied, engaging and stimulating schedule of events that ensures their time at the centre is as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. The centre in Balsall Heath provides individualised support for up to 20 elderly residents – many of whom are living with dementia – who choose to live as independently and happily as possible within an African Caribbean cultural setting.

Midwife staffing crisis as managers called to the front line

Amid an ongoing NHS retention and recruitment crisis, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has seen midwife staffing levels fall below the required level and would otherwise be at a point where services ‘will be impacted’. In an effort to boost midwife staffing levels, the trust has said it will be using ‘senior management and non-frontline midwives’ in clinical roles to temporarily plug the vacancies until the staffing situation improves. NHS figures show that the number of full-time equivalent midwives employed by OUH has dropped from 296 in March 2016 to 259 in March 2018, despite an ongoing recruitment drive. As of June there were around 26 full time midwife roles to be filled. An OUH spokesman said the temporary move for bosses would mean the trust’s required midwife to births ratio would be met and that no adverse impact on patient care was anticipated. To remain registered with the Nursing and Midwifery council, clinicians must have had at least 450 hours of practice over the previous three years to remain. However, concerns have been raised about using clinicians who may have been out of regular front-line care for a number of years.

Care homes firm Sunrise to refund ‘up-front fees’ to residents

Care homes operator Sunrise Senior Living will pay more than £2m in compensation after charging thousands of pounds in compulsory “upfront fees”. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) secured the deal for those who had paid the fees since 1 October 2015. People who have left or leave within two years of moving into one of the company’s homes are eligible. Sunrise chief executive Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald said the firm made the move voluntarily. The average individual payout from Sunrise will be about £3,000 and if the resident dies in this timescale, their family will receive the money. The move comes as part of the CMA’s continuing investigation into how some care homes charge for their services. Last November, the watchdog found that as well as charging the “upfront fees”, some care homes were also billing families for weeks after their relatives had died. It also highlighted how those paying for themselves were paying much higher charges than council-funded residents. The average weekly charge for self-funders was £846 – 40% more than local authority rates.

A new way of caring for the elderly with dementia

Anja, who is in her 80s, says she has lived here for one hour. In fact, it has been almost a year. Like all of her neighbours, she has severe dementia. But if she is feeling particularly perky, she can buy lagers at the local supermarket, get coiffed at the hair salon and play bingo as night falls. She can dip her feet into the local fountain, or even cycle into it. She lives in Hogeweyk, thought to be the world’s first “dementia village”, near Amsterdam. Dementia villages are gated communities designed for people who suffer from dementia, a term used to describe a set of symptoms (such as memory loss and confusion) that are caused by a variety of brain diseases. Hogeweyk’s 150 residents live in six-room houses, each designed around one of four “lifestyles”. These are selected for patients after tests and interviews alongside their families. Anja and her housemates live in a “traditional” home. They eat starchy stamppot stews and have a sewing machine that says it is “Made in West Germany”. Hogeweyk’s allowance of small freedoms gives peace of mind to people who have lost a part of theirs. Grouping residents by lifestyles is meant to establish continuity between their former lives and the nursing facility. Hogeweyk received over 1,400 visitors in 2017, keen to copy the concept in their own countries.

Nottingham patients choosing to travel to Derby instead of QMC

Patients from Nottingham and the surrounding area are choosing to travel to the Royal Derby Hospital for treatment instead of going to the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre, managers have said. Patient choice and snap decisions by ambulance crews have seen a “drift” of patients from the Nottingham area to the hospital, the Derby hospital’s chief said. Sharon Martin said that the issue is not a new phenomenon, but that the site has seen an increase in patients and ambulances from out of the immediate Derby area. She said one of these reasons is patient choice. Simply put, the Uttoxeter Road hospital has a good reputation which has been well advertised – leading many patients to actively seek out treatment in Derby. The hospital’s A&E unit, which in April broke its record for the number of patients seen in one day with 504, was rated the best in the country in October 2017.

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